I know that (at least when lighting at a window), one lights the Chanuka m'nora from left to right: the new lamp first and rightward from there. I've seen people careful to fill them with oil (or candles) in the same order; I've also seen that one should fill them in the opposite order. Is either of these a 'real' custom (with a basis) or halacha, and, if so, what is its basis or reason?

  • Part of starting on the left is standing to the left of the m'nora while lighting so that that is the first candle you meet when approaching the m'nora. – WAF Dec 9 '12 at 22:54
  • @WAF, yes, and that's closely related to why I wrote "(at least when lighting at a window)". See MB. – msh210 Dec 10 '12 at 3:05
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    Why are you spelling it "m'nora" instead of "menorah"? – Ariel Dec 10 '12 at 8:25
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    @Ariel, why would you transliterate it "menorah," rather than "m'nora"? – Isaac Moses Dec 10 '12 at 15:48
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    @IsaacMoses I think demanding anglicizations instead of transliterations where the former exist is not a bad idea, but what "exists" (i.e. which English dictionary or corpus we use to determine whether something is an English word) is then open to discussion. We should raise this on Mi Yodeya Meta instead of continuing the conversation here. – msh210 Dec 10 '12 at 20:04

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